Gehman '42 fund to enhance math education through annual awards

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Gehman '42 fund to enhance math education through annual awards

While he was a student at the university in 1939, Robert C. Luippold received the Scherk Award for Mathematics, which carried with it a monetary award of $5. Recently, Luippold has given that amount back 4,000-fold to UB students through a scholarship fund.

With a recent $20,000 gift to the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Luippold has established a fund to provide annual scholarships to UB students who are pursuing teaching careers in mathematics. The gift honors the late UB professor Harry Merrill Gehman, Luippold's mentor. The scholarship will be awarded to one student per year.

Luippold received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UB in 1940 and 1942. He was a UB faculty member from 1945-49. He later taught at SUNY/Albany until his retirement in 1981. He and his wife, Ruth, now live in Schenectady, N.Y.

Luippold said he established the scholarship fund to honor his mentor and convey his respect for the university as an educational institution.

Gehman joined the UB faculty in 1929 as chair of the department of mathematics, a position he held until his retirement in 1962. In 1948, he was elected secretary-treasurer of the Mathematical Association of America, making UB the national headquarters for that organization. Gehman served as the association's first executive director in 1960. He died in 1981.

"The University at Buffalo is grateful for this generous gift from Bob and Ruth Luippold," said Joseph Tufariello, dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

"Luippold spent his entire professional life teaching mathematics with great distinction, and now he's provided support for other bright young people to enter the field."

"Robert Luippold's generosity provides an opportunity for other people to contribute to the Gehman endowment and support future teachers," added Pamela Cardoza, assistant dean and director of development for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Harry Merrill Gehman Memorial Endowment may contact Cardoza at (716) 645-2531.